V05/17 Melbourne (VIC) to Sydney (NSW)
28 Feb - 10 Mar 2017
36 04 S
150 16 E
Currently located 61nm to the south of Jervis Bay sailing downwind under three squares with strong winds of 25-30kts and a 2m southerly swell. Our current speed is 8kts and the temperature is 18 degrees.
Hi Everyone, Welcome to day six of our voyage. This morning the Youth Crew awoke well rested from their night at anchor to an overcast morning with passing showers. Following breakfast, morning brief and cleaning stations the anchor was weighed and whilst still in Twofold Bay the ship was brought under sail. Over the next hour we conducted a good set of rotational tacks and setting/furling of the majority of sails which gave the Youth Crew practical consolidation of my sail theory presentation of the previous day. With these activities complete we put the ship under a full press of sail, altered course to the NNE and in strong 20-25kt southerly winds continued our passage along the picturesque NSW South Coast. This afternoon we had planned to conduct a set of demonstrational tacks but due to the strong conditions this activity had to be postponed and in its place Phil the Boats Officer gave an informative presentation on Rules of the Road. By late afternoon we were located 2nm to the east of Bermagui sailing downwind under three squares and at times reaching speeds of 10kts which is most impressive. During the night watches this evening all of the watches will complete the Apples & Onions Exercise as we continue to make good speed to Jervis Bay where currently at this speed we look like arriving during the early hours of tomorrow morning. Today has been a turning point in the voyage where remarkably even though their hasn’t been a great change in the weather all signs of seasickness have gone and it is a highly motivated and most impressive Youth Crew that is doing a great job of sailing this fantastic ship. Until tomorrow evening, take care. Yours Aye Captain Gav